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I don't have a big impact in the transfers, says Antonio Conte

26 January 2018

Their defence of that trophy ended early with defeat to Nottingham Forest in this year's third round, but they will instead face Manchester City in the final of the Carabao Cup after defeating Chelsea in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday.

After a goalless first leg, the visitors took an early lead at the Emirates through Eden Hazard but Arsenal were level soon afterwards via a freaky Antonio Rudiger own goal and scored the victor in the second half through Granit Xhaka.

They had struggled to cope with the Blues forward line initially but adjusted eventually and won through against their London rivals following Eden Hazard's goal.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insisted that he has little influence over the club's transfer market activity after they were knocked out of the League Cup by Arsenal on Wednesday.

Conte believes that losing Willian to a minor hamstring problem on the half-hour mark was a key moment in the match, as new signing Ross Barkley was brought on in his place and Chelsea's shape shifted.

Things did not quite go according to plan for Antonio Conte and Chelsea yesterday, with Arsenal striking lucky against the Blues to secure a spot in the League Cup final against Manchester City.

"We started the game really well and were pressing very well and controlled the game".

"It is a pity because we had a good run in this competition, it is a pity for me, the players and fans".

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But rather than collapsing, the Gunners responded with one of their best defensive performances of the season - and gained two slices of luck with their goals - to move into their first League Cup final since 2011.

From Chelsea's perspective, an injury to Willian after 30 minutes proved very costly.

Charlie Nicholas predicts a 'relatively comfortable afternoon for Chelsea, especially if both Morata and Fabregas are fit to return.

"As long as I have the player I will play him, because he has always shown me commitment, seriousness and professionalism".

"I was a bit forced to play with Ross Barkley".

The Gunners battle Manchester City in the Carabao Cup Final at 11:30 a.m. February 25 at Wembley Stadium in London. "I think the system, once I changed something at half-time, worked quite well".

"I'm sure we are working on it as well as every team".

I don't have a big impact in the transfers, says Antonio Conte